22/10/2015: 11 Bottlenose dolphins and 10 Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 09:00
Weather conditions: overcast/fair, sea state 3-4, wind direction NE
One Atlantic grey seal

From the start of the survey, an Atlantic grey seal was seen a couple of meters in front of the harbour wall, remaining in the area for half an hour. It was then spotted again towards the end of the survey period, further out towards the cardinal buoy.

2hr survey. Start time 11:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4, wind direction NW/W
Three Atlantic grey seals

About 45 minutes into the survey a female Atlantic grey seal appeared at the end of the harbour wall swimming in the direction of the fish factory. Within the next 15 minute interval a second female Atlantic grey seal was spotted several meters in front of the harbour wall swimming away towards the fish factory. At the same time a third female Atlantic grey seal was seen in the water towards the end of harbour wall, appearing several times for the rest of the survey, remaining in a similar area.

2hr survey. Start time 13:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3, wind direction W/SW
Three Atlantic grey seals

The female Atlantic grey seal that was present in the previous survey was still visible at the start of this survey, in front of the harbour wall moving further out towards the fish factory. Within half an hour, another female Atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming past the harbour wall, remaining in sight for the next 45 minutes. For the last 15 minutes of the survey the same seal was seen in a similar area by the end of the harbour wall.

2hr survey. Start time 15:00
Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 3-4, wind direction W/SW
Eleven Bottlenose Dolphins and four Atlantic Grey Seals

At the start of the survey, one female Atlantic grey seal was seen in front of the harbour wall. Another grey seal of unidentified sex, was seen in a similar area in the following 15 minute interval. Within this same interval, one bottlenose dolphin was also seen performing long dives between the end of the harbour wall and the cardinal buoy. In the following 15 minutes two more bottlenose dolphins arrived and all three dolphins began displaying active behaviours including leaping and tail slapping. By the next 15 minute interval, another bottlenose dolphin joined the group and they started travelling towards the cardinal buoy surfacing at irregular intervals. An hour into the survey three bottlenose dolphins, thought to be a different group to the previous because it included a mother and calf, were seen in front of the harbour wall performing long dives, possibly foraging at depths. At this time, a fourth dolphin was seen travelling towards the group. In the next interval period, these four dolphins then began travelling together towards the fish factory. In this same interval, another two dolphins were sighted, one east of the cardinal buoy and the other between the cardinal buoy and harbour wall. An Atlantic grey seal was also seen in front of the harbour wall. For the last half an hour of the survey, a single dolphin was seen behind the harbour wall within the bay, performing long dives and appearing in front of the harbour wall for the last 15 minutes, where it was being particularly active, circling at the surface and performing leaps and lunges. In this last interval, another grey seal was seen to the right of the harbour wall swimming in a westerly direction.